Local Summer Fun
It’s Memorial Day weekend, which for Utahns means the beginning of summer! Most Salt Lake, Davis and Utah county schools have just one week of school left, while others throughout the state – along with all of the colleges and universities in the area – have already ended. Local outdoor pools, waterparks and splash pads have now opened and June marks the beginning of predictable warm weather through Labor Day and beyond.
Although popular summer destinations for locals include trips to Disneyland, Las Vegas and Lake Powell, there is so much to be done right in our own backyard! Here, we’ve compiled a list of over 30 things to do this summer for all interests and ages. Many of these activities are things that you will want to do more than once, so if you were getting worried about summer boredom setting in, you can feel at ease now. Most are in close proximity to our Tailor Built Homes communities in Draper, South Jordan, Sandy, Salt Lake and Farmington. For even more ideas, our sales agent Kristel with KCrew Real Estate has compiled a great list of her own here. https://kcrewrealestate.com/summer-fun/
- Albion Basin: This secluded gem in Little Cottonwood Canyon just outside of Sandy is open from late July through Labor Day. Visitors can reserve campgrounds and spend days hiking and mountain biking through the stunning landscape that is covered in a huge variety of wildflowers.
- Ensign Peak: If you’re looking for the most incredible views of Salt Lake City from above, this hike is it. This hike is less than a mile long on a well-maintained trail and is great for all skill levels.
- National Parks: Utah is home to an impressive 5 National Parks (the 3rd largest number of National Parks in the country). All are in Southern Utah and offer a wide range of hikes with unbelievable rock formations. This might be the year for you to invest in a National Parks pass and see them all.
- Mount Timpanogos: Towering over American Fork in Utah County, Mt. Timpanogos offers a 15 mile hike with a peak of 11,749 feet. The scenic trails will take you on a tour through a beautiful meadow and many stops for a scenic view. You may even see a moose or a goat on your hike!
- Timpanogos Cave: A short 1.5 mile hike up Mt. Timpanogos will take you to Timpanogos Cave, where visitors of all ages are welcome to a cave tour by the National Parks Service. Tickets must be purchased in advance for the cave tour and can accommodate groups of up to 14.
- Kings Peak: For seasoned hikers who want to summit the largest peak in Utah, King’s Peak is the place to go. Located in the Ashley National Forest outside of Roosevelt in Eastern Utah, this strenuous hike is 23 miles roundtrip and sits at 13,528 feet above sea level.
- Red Butte Garden: Located in Salt Lake City at the eastern edge of the University of Utah, Red Butte Gardens sits on 100 acres of land, with 21 acres of developed gardens with natural landscapes used for hiking. Although this beautiful garden is opened year-round, the summer offers a particularly perfect time to visit the blooming gardens. From June – September, Red Butte Garden hosts the Outdoor Concert series, which features a variety of bands and musicians from the Utah Symphony to Counting Crows. Many of these concerts are already sold out, so check out the lineup to get your tickets!
- Ashton Gardens Thanksgiving Point: 55 acres of immaculate gardens in Lehi feature 15 different themed gardens, including their newest I am the Light of the World sculpture garden. The largest waterfall in the Western hemisphere is the perfect backdrop to the amphitheater, which also hosts events like the Utah Symphony at the Waterfall. On Friday nights in July and August, the Ashton Gardens also hosts an outdoor movie, with old classics like Robin Hood, as well as new box office hits like Black Panther.
- Salt Flats: In direct contrast to the soaring red rocks found in Southern Utah is the Bonneville Salt Flats in Northwestern Utah. With over 30,000 acres of perfectly flat white salty soil, this is a sight you should see at least once in your life. Of course, sunrise and sunset offer exceptionally beautiful photo opportunities.
- The Great Salt Lake: This historic lake is one to visit for all sorts of activities including mountain biking, sailing, kayaking, bird watching or just sunbathing on the beach. Antelope Island is home to many a diverse wildlife population and visitors often see bison, elk, antelope, deer, bobcats and coyotes.
- Utah Olympic Park: Utah natives will always remember hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics, and remind visitors and newcomers about it often. The Utah Olympic Park, located near Park City, is the perfect place for outdoor adventurers to remember this special occasion by pursuing adrenaline-packed activities in the hallowed grounds of the Olympic games. With tubing, zip lines, the Alpine Slide, riding in a bobsled and multiple obstacle courses, you are sure to find your adventure here.
- Tubing down the Provo River: Bring your raft, canoe, or kayak and take a 1-2 hour ride down the Provo River. With enough rapids to keep it fun, and relaxing water with amazing canyon views in between, this is a perfect summer activity for families, groups of friends and couples.
- Lagoon: It’s What Fun Is! Within walking distance of our Farmington Bungalows community, this theme park has something for everyone. From kids rides to rollercoasters, live shows and a waterpark, Lagoon is the perfect way to spend a long summer day. If one day just isn’t enough for you, Lagoon even offers camping on-site, with discounted tickets available for campers.
- The Living Planet Aquarium: You’ve probably already heard of and even been to the Living Planet Aquarium in Draper, but if you’re looking to take your family somewhere special this summer, put this on your list. See sharks, seals, penguins, exotic birds, and even butterflies in their newest exhibit. If you don’t already have a membership, head over on Monday nights for $5 off per person.
- Seven Peaks: The Pass of all Passes will be vaild this summer at the Salt Lake City location. With a relaxing river, a tidal wave pool and plenty of slides for thrill-seekers, you may want to visit often this summer.
- Cowabunga Bay: Pretend like you’re at the beach and rent a cabana at Cowabunga Bay in Draper. Cowabunga Beach, Cowabunga River, Cowabunga Kids Cove and Slides make up this 60’s themed water park.
- This is the Place Heritage Park: This interactive blend between a theme park and a museum takes you back to Utah’s pioneer heritage with hands-on activities and crafts, dozens of structures to tour and mini-train rides.
- Hogle Zoo: With two new polar bears and new red pandas, as well as baby zebras, lion cubs, and monkeys that have been born at the zoo within the past couple of years, the Hogle Zoo always has something new to offer. How does feeding a giraffe, rhinoceros or tortoise sound? They now offer animal encounters for guests to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most fascinating animals.
- Wheeler Farm: Take your family to see this historical working farm in Murray. Take a wagon ride, learn how to milk a cow, and shop for local goods at the Rosebud Country Store.
- Tracy Aviary: Located within Liberty Park in Salt Lake, visit Tracy Aviary. Bird shows are offered Tuesday – Sunday, and tickets for more personal encounters – including tossing a fish into a pelican’s mouth! – are available for purchase as well.
- Thanksgiving Point: Featuring fascinating hands-on museum experiences for visitors of all ages, Thanksgiving Point has three exhibits. The Museum of Ancient Life has 60 complete dinosaur skeletons and over 50 hands-on exhibits, like digging for dinosaur bones. The Museum of Natural Curiosity offers several museums in one, and over 400 interactive experiences from puppet shows to a ropes course. Farm Country at Thanksgiving Point offers insight into a working farm where you can see goats, horses, pigs, cows, and other farm animals. With interactive experiences with the farm animals, including pony rides, it’s a fun and educational way to spend the day.
- Megaplex Kids Movie Package: Starting in June for our local areas, you enjoy a weekly movie with the kids – 10 weeks for $10. All movies are rated G or PG and will include Boss Baby, Sing and Ferdinand.
- Movies in the Park: Many cities and communities offer free movies in local parks at dusk. Check out this post by Coupons 4 Utah to see the most current information.
- Redwood Drive In: If you thought drive-in movies were a thing of the past, you have obviously not been to the Redwood Drive-In! Open now on weekends, and 7 days a week starting in June, you can enjoy a double feature at the drive-in for $9 for adults and $1 for kids. Bring your lawn chairs or set up a comfy seat in the back of your truck with pillows and blankets.
Utah is home to many venues that are open year-round for concerts, plays and events, like Vivint Smart Home Arena, USANA Ampitheater, Abravanel Hall, Broadway Theater and the Hale Center Theater.
- Twilight Concert Series: Head over to the Gallivan Center in Downtown Salt Lake for an outdoor concert series in August and September. Lineup will be announced soon!
- Sandy Amphitheater: Featuring bands and musicians like David Archuleta, Donnie and Marie, The Village People and Peter Breinholt, you can enjoy this outdoor amphitheater in its beautiful Sandy landscape.
- Salt Lake County Reading Challenge: Participate in the Salt Lake County Library’s 2018 Reading Challenge this summer, starting June 1. Head to the website and track your reading and activities to earn a free book or admission to Clark Planetarium or the Natural History Museum of Utah.
- Utah State Fair: This is a bonus event that happens after school starts, September 6 – 16 at the Utah State Fairpark.
- Bowling: All Star Bowling in Draper, Sandy and West Valley; Delton Bowling in Riverton and West Jordan and Olympus Hills Bowling in Holladay all participate in a Kids Bowl Free program which allows 2 daily games each weekday for kids under 17.
- Stadium of Fire: This year’s Independence Day celebration will feature headlining band One Republic at BYU’s LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. America’s Freedom Festival at Provo begins in July with various events, including the popular Balloon Fest with approximately 25 hot air balloons being inflated each morning July 2 – 4. The Stadium of Fire is the grand finale of the festival, with the largest stadium fireworks show in the country.
- Days of ’47: Pioneer Day is celebrated each July 24th in Utah, commemorating the day that Brigham Young led a group of Mormon Pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley. The Days of ’47 Rodeo takes place from July 19-24 at the Utah State Fairpark and celebrates Utah’s western heritage with competitions in bareback riding, bull riding and barrel racing. The Days of ’47 Parade takes place in Downtown Salt Lake the morning of July 24th and showcases colorful floats and live bands.
- Local Splash Parks: Our downtown malls at the Gateway and City Creek feature fun fountains that welcome children of all ages to walk through and get wet. But if you’re looking for an actual splash park that you can spend the day at, we’ve got you covered. The Oquirrh Shadows Park & Splash Pad in South Jordan (near our Fruitwood Heights and Midas Court communities) is now open daily from 10 AM to dusk. Draper City’s brand new splash pad opened just days ago and is within walking distance of our Palomino Point community.
- Salt Lake Bees: Enjoy a night at the baseball diamond with Utah’s Minor League Baseball team, the Salt Lake Bees (owned by the LA Angels). With all sorts of fun promotions like kids running the bases after the games, family nights and fireworks, there’s always something going on at Smith’s Ballpark.
- Real Salt Lake: Cheer on Utah’s Major League Soccer team, Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto stadium in Sandy (within walking distance of our Savannah Meadows community!) with games through October.
Be sure to stay tuned for Tailor Built Homes special events and Open Houses for our upcoming townhouse, existing communities and new house plans we’re rolling out. If finding your dream home is on your bucket list this summer, our talented sales team is eager to help you make that dream a reality. Give us a call at 801.869.3232